It seems déjà vu all over again as Divine Word College of Urdaneta crushed the Urdaneta City National High School, 60-48, in the opening game of the MILO Passerelle Twin Tournament last Saturday, August 13.

Tournament Commissioner Sonny De Jesus tossing the ceremonial jump ball to a DWCU and MGSSSI players

The crowd was too loud as soon as the jump ball started, everything was too hot: the venue, the weather, and the players. DWCU did the first action by hitting threes and penetration points. UCNHS did nothing to cool down the opening salvo of the sizzling Divinians. The first quarter ended with the score 12-4.

On the second quarter, DWCU still has the momentum to manage the game. UCNHS cannot apply their plays because of the robust defense of DWCU.
Second half was the hottest of the game; UCNHS unleashed their overpowering moves and made a run that forced DWCU to call for a timeout. Through that timeout, Coach Jun Ega of DWCU released his secret weapon, Virgilio Alcaide, who then led the Divinians with a 6-0 run. DWCU froze its double digit lead at this point.

UCNHS tried to close the lead and invert the game but their effort remained hopeless as the DWCU veteran players did not let them do so, ending the game with DWCU having a hefty lead.

The next game for the Divinians will be on Saturday, August 20, against La Maria. DWCU is craving for championship so Coach Ega is determined to give the proper motivation, training, and preparation for their upcoming games especially if they reach the championship game.

Milo Passerelle Muses

Reported by: Gio P. Tolentino
Photos by: Huan Nicolaz G. Sumera




Milo, in cooperation with the participating schools of the contest, launches the MILO Passerelle Twin Tournament last Saturday, August 13, at Urdaneta City Cultural & Sports Complex.

Attended by the competing teams from different schools, the event started with the parade of the school participants, namely, for the SBP Division, Divine Word Academy of Dagupan and La Marea Academy. For the Passerelle Division, the participants are: Divine Word Academy of Dagupan, Divine Word College of Urdaneta,

Divinians raising their right hand as they take their oath of amateurism.

Umingan National High School, Mother Goose Special School System Inc. Dagupan, Urdaneta City National High School, St. Albert the Great Academy, and La Marea Academy.

The opening prayer for the program was led by Fr. Edsel R. Demillo, SVD, while the Philippine National Anthem by Elizabeth De Venecia. The man behind this competition, Tournament Commissioner Sonny De Jesus gave his Welcome Address to those who are in attendance.

Another part of the program was the presentation of the muses of the different competing teams. Divinians would not be left behind in terms of showcasing the beauties of DWCU. Kristeen Dayne Mercado of II-St. Bernadette showcased her gorgeousness as the muse of the DWCU players.

Before the start of the opening games, the players took first their Oath of Amateurism led by Zedrick Cruz, the MVP of last year’s tournament in the SBP Division. Immediately after the program, the much-anticipated games of the tournament started.

Photos by: Huan Nicolaz G. Sumera




Selected athletes of Divine Word College of Urdaneta joined other delegates from different parts of Luzon to participate in one of the biggest sporting events in the country – The Milo Little Olympics. This year, participants from different schools from Regions I, II, III, and CAR took the opportunity to compete in different sporting events at the Narciso Ramos Stadium Complex in Lingayen, Pangasinan on August 5, 6, and 7. This is the first time that Divine Word College of Urdaneta will participate in such an event.

Despite the bad weather, the opening program went on last August 5. Supporters of the different schools flocked the venue rooting for their schools to win the said competition. Delegates from as far as Zambales, Nueva Vizcaya, Ilocos and Isabela joined the parade of delegates, and unbothered by the unpredictable weather that brought about drizzle and heavy rains took the center stage to present their delegates along with their saludo. Gov. Amado Espino gave an inspiring message for all participants especially the athletes. After the governor’s declaration of the official opening, fireworks of various colors flew to the sky and confetti rained down along with the rain that was pouring.

The official start of the games was the next day. Each school participated in a minimum of three events. Divinians, of course, took this opportunity to prepare for the upcoming meets in the division of Urdaneta aiming for a better level of competition and experience. Events joined by the Divinians were Table Tennis, Badminton, Athletics, Volleyball, Lawn Tennis, Football, and Little Miss Milo. Unfortunately, DWCU brought nothing home but the pride of joining the said event and gaining enormous experience is worth all the effort.





The Divine Word College of Urdaneta religiously celebrates First Friday Mass as part of monthly activities of a school year. This month of August, along with the First Friday Mass is the induction of officers in the College Student Council, Supreme Student Government, and Supreme Pupil Government last August 5. The club officers and homeroom officers were also part of the induction ceremonies. As elected officers of the student body, the ceremony served as an official declaration of those elected as bona fide officials in their respective councils, clubs, and classrooms.
The month of August also served as the month to celebrate Buwan ng Wika. This celebration emphasizes the importance of the national language to our nation. This year’s theme, “Ang Filipino ay Wikang Panlahat Ilaw at Lakas sa Tuwid na Landas”, focuses on different activities being instigated by DepEd and the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF). In each week of the month, different topics are to be observed by the schools from both public and private schools. The kick-off for the celebration of Buwan ng Wika was also observed by the Divinians on that same day.



Every month of July, the whole nation observes Nutrition Month for a good purpose of disseminating to the Filipinos the value of good nutrition. This year’s theme, “Isulong ang Breastfeeding – Tama, Sapat at EKsklusibo!” focuses on the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding for infants.

In observance of the said program, the three departments of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta namely, the College, High School, and Elementary, has culminated the celebration of Nutrition Month on July 29. Each department held their programs in different venues inside the campus. The College had theirs at the 3rd floor of the main building, the Elementary at the Janssen Hall, and the High School, being the one with bigger population, had their program at the St. Michael Gymnasium.


Before the start of the said activities, the employees and students of DWCU gathered at the St. Michael Gymnasium to attend the Para-liturgy presided by Fr. Tanysun C. Sunico, the school’s Campus Minister.

For the activities planned by each department, the College Department had an on the spot contests in Nutri Jingle, Sing My Poem, Cookfest, Quiz Bee, I Bet You Will , and Search for Mr. & Ms. Nutrition 2011. Their program’s masters of ceremonies were Marie Selga and Ernest Padilla. The main part of their activity ended in a boodle fight for all who participated in the activity.

Sabayang - Bigkas - Elem Dept.

In the Elementary Department, Sabayang Pagbigkas, Nutri Jingle were the main part of their programs while pre-culmination events like the Poster Making and Sanaysay were done on other days and winners were just announced during the culmination. Raphaell Ridao and Carole Kaye Lomboy took the microphone as masters of ceremonies of the said program.

While for the High School Department, the activities for the culmination had a lot of contests scheduled until afternoon. For the morning program, Sofia Abdul Latiff & Rikki Alecs Landingin took the stage as the masters of ceremonies. The contests held was for cooking competition, fruit shake making, cocktail mixing, and mascot competition. In the

Mr & Ms STEP 2011

afternoon, the Mr. & Ms. S.T.E.P. pageant was the main part of the event. Students from different years and sections flaunted their candidates in different categories of the said contests. Mr. Raymond Lopez served as the emcee of the pageant. For the culmination in the High School Department, the main sponsor is the S.T.E.P. Club led by their hardworking moderators, Mr. Junior Jon B. Ega and Mr. John V. Ramos.

All programs were attended by Fr. Gil T. Manalo, DWCU President, in order to give his inspirational messages regarding the importance of such celebrations.








As a Catholic school being true to its vision mission as Witness to the Word, Divine Word College of Urdaneta has observed Bible Enthronement as part of its activities in part of celebrating the Holy Bible Week during the month of January. However this school year, the DWCU community has commemorated the Holy Bible last July 25 as part of the planned activities for the 45th Foundation Anniversary of the school. Led by Fr. Tanysun C. Sunico, DWCU Campus Minister, the office personnel, faculty, and students from both high school and college department gathered at the DWCU Quadrangle for the ceremonial act of honoring the Bible.

After the usual flag ceremony in the morning, the rite of enthronement was presided by Fr. Tr. Sunico. Members of the Glee Club took the lead in singing the liturgical songs. After giving out his message and reading the Gospel, Fr. Sunico proceeded in calling out the representatives from each class and offices to have their Bibles and candles be bless as climax of the ritual. The ceremony ended with each class in procession to bring their Bibles and candles in their rightful niches inside the classrooms and offices of the school.

The Elementary Department also held the same activity on that same day afterward.